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Sumgait Massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3020 words)
The Sumgait Massacre refers to the pogrom led primarily by Azeris that targeted the Armenian population living in the seaside town of Sumgait (known as Sumqayit in Azeri), in the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in February 1988.
The city of Sumgait is situated near the coast of the Caspian Sea and was perhaps one of the most polluted in the entire Soviet Union.
Sumgait itself is only thirty kilometers north of the capital in Baku, which has many oil refineries in the Caspian Sea.
Sumgait - Sumqayit - Azerbaijan - Azerb.com (698 words)
Sumgait is the perfect example of a city resulting from the enormous industrial development effort unchained by Stalin.
Sumgait became notorious in the recent history of Azerbaijan, as on February 29, 1988, Sumgait was the scene of killings against ethnic Armenians that set off a series of killings involving Azeris and ethnic Armenians.
The events surrounding the Sumgait attack and a massacre of Azeris by Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh village of Khojaly (four years later) remain hotly debated and help deepen the rift between the two countries.
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